This month, a former member of the Waterloo Regional Police is hiking up to 900km in support of women's cardiac health.
Retired Sergeant Pete Viol aims to raise $40,000 for the Cardiac Centre at St. Mary's Hospital by walking along the Bruce Trail, a 890 km stretch, during Pete Viol's 2020 Hike For Heart: Bruce Trail Edition.
Known as one of the longest and oldest marked footpaths in Canada, Viol started his hike in Queenston, Ontario on Wednesday and will finish at the end of August in Tobermory, Ontario.
“The Bruce Trail is beautiful, but physically it will be tough, and I expect to have many challenging days,” said Sergeant Viol in a release.
“But every day, I’ll think about the challenges faced by those in our community dealing with cardiac issues. Their resilience and strength inspire me.”
According to the release, Viol has participated in various charitable bike rides for the past 12 years, including a 3,400 km solo bike ride from Alberta to the North West Territories in 2019.
Since organizing these events, Viol has raised over $220,000 for healthcare services within Waterloo Region.
Susan Dusick, President of St. Mary's General Hospital Foundation, says this will be the fourth year that Viol is raising money for the cardiac centre.
"We’re so inspired by his on-going commitment to raise funds for better patient care," said Dusick in the release, "Again this year, Transit fuels and Katlyn International Inc. are sponsoring the event, and there are so many community members who rally behind Pete’s efforts every year.”
Katlyn International Inc. will also be matching all community donations up to $10,000. As of Saturday morning, Pete Viol's Hike For Heart has raised $1,550. Interested residents can make a donation to this event here.
For more information on Pete Viol's 2020 Hike For Heart: Bruce Trail Edition, go to supportstmarys.akaraisin.com.